Daily Encouragement: Year 2, Day 295

From Handbook to God’s Promises

The Promises of God’s Living Word

Numbers 27:15–17: The People’s Shepherd

Sheep without a shepherd wander, get lost, encounter predators, and even die. Moses, the former shepherd, knows this and doesn’t want the susceptible and wayward Israelites to die spiritually. He asks God to give the people a shepherd who will lead them away from danger.

The Bible says we are like sheep who have gone astray (Isaiah 53:6). Because of our wanderlust, we need Jesus, the Good Shepherd (John 10:14), to intervene in our lives. Without His loving guidance, we will continue our aimless wandering. How comforting to know that He cares for His sheep, searching for those who stray from the flock and even laying down His life for them (John 10:11). God wants every sheep to know the love of the Shepherd.